Has GODAN influenced how you use and share open data?




The Institute of Development Studies is conducting an evaluation for the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition Programme (GODAN) and GODAN Action.

They are using an innovative survey tool to gather short stories that capture the diverse experiences of those who have interacted with GODAN and to inform the design of future work on Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition.

If you’ve engaged with GODAN over the last few years – as a network member, a participant on one of our courses or events, or by engaging with publications, tools and applications – please take a few minutes to tell us your story.

You can access the survey here: http://bit.ly/2wReAUR

(Please see below for guidelines of how to fill the survey in).




SenseMaker requests that people write short stories (up to 200 words) and then creates statistical data through people’s responses to questions about their story. All stories and data are anonymous, and we will hold all information we capture securely. As part of the project reporting, we will share some of the stories we capture alongside the data that they generate but they will not be identifiable to the respondent.

The Survey

Our survey should take approximately 30 minutes.

  • First you will be asked to spend 5-10 minutes typing in your story and giving it a title
  • Then you will be asked to spend 10-20 minutes responding to questions about your story.

Your progress isn’t saved until you submit the story so you will need to make sure you have time for the whole survey process.

The story

The story is a reflection of a specific experience that you have had using open data. This could be positive or negative.  (It may or may not be directly related to GODAN).  The story should be approximately 200-300 words but can be shorter or longer if you want.  We do not care about perfect english or any spelling or grammatical mistakes, please just write the story as you would tell it.

The Questions

There are three types of questions present in our survey. Multiple choice questions, Dyad questions, and Triad questions.

  • Multiple choice questions ask you to tick a box to select your answer(s). We will provide guidance of how many boxes can be ticked for each question


  • Dyads ask you to slide a ball along a bar in a specific direction to indicate your answer. The more strongly you feel about your answer, the closer you’ll place the ball to one end of the bar.  Sometimes your answer will fall in the middle of the two options but it is most useful for our analysis if your selection shows a preference for one option or the other whether that be strong or weak

  • Triads are triangles with a statement or question above them, and words at each corner that are responses to that question. There is also a small ball in the middle of the triangle. Triands ask you to respond by placing this ball in the position that best reflects your response.  The more strongly you feel something, the closer the ball should be to those words. If all three options apply equally, then the ball will stay in the middle. If two apply more than the other one, the ball will be closer to those two. If one applies more than the other two, the ball will be closest to that one. To respond to the triad, you can click at the desired position within the triangle, or you can press and hold the ball to move it closest to the response you want to give.